Video files will not play from HDD on TV

marcaaron22

Active Member
Hi, I have just connected an external HDD to my Samsung TV all the video files and folders come up ok, but the video files will not play, also tried it through the Panasonic Blu Ray player, same thing happens,
The video files are .AVI
TV is Samsung QE65Q6FNA
Blu Ray player is Panasonic DP-UB820
HDD is Maxtor M3 External Hard Drive (1TB, USB 3.0)
Also, using an Amazon Basics 1 metre USB extension cable (USB 3.0) as the USB cable provided with the HDD is not long enough to be able to have the HDD sitting on a flat surface.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
 

marcaaron22

Active Member
Are you using an ext psu with the HDD or powering it from USB on the TV?
Powering it from USB on the TV
It worked perfectly on my previous Samsung 64” plasma TV
 

JayCee

Distinguished Member
Make sure it's in the correct USB port.
Some are intended for use with a HDD are marked as such and supply a higher current (900mA) as opposed to a std USB port which supports a max current draw of 500mA.
 

marcaaron22

Active Member
Make sure it's in the correct USB port.
Some are intended for use with a HDD are marked as such and supply a higher current (900mA) as opposed to a std USB port which supports a max current draw of 500mA.
I plug the HDD in the second USB slot, the first USB slot, the HDD doesn’t even show up..
 

Attachments

marcaaron22

Active Member
I plug the HDD in the second USB slot (where it states HDD), the first USB slot, the HDD doesn’t even show up..
Where it states HDD, that’s where I connect the HDD to
 

JayCee

Distinguished Member
Were the recordings on the HDD made on your previous Samsung TV?
If so, they won't be playable on your new TV.
Recordings made from the guide on a TV can only be played back on the same TV.
 
Last edited:

marcaaron22

Active Member
Were the recordings on the HDD made on your previous Samsung TV?
If so, they won't play.
No, it’s just video files of stuff from VHS tapes that were copied onto the HDD from a laptop/PC, I got the HDD from someone who had complete episodes of a TV programme that you cannot get on DVD
 

marcaaron22

Active Member
Just tried it on the Samsung TV that I have in my bedroom, its playing perfectly on there
 

marcaaron22

Active Member

marcaaron22

Active Member
Just a thought, is there some sort of box I can get where you can connect a usb device to (in my case, an external HDD) then connect the box to the TV and it’s the box that actually plays the media files, the TV just simply displays them?
 

Rudzki

Active Member
What codec are the files compressed with?? My Panasonic refuses to play anything in DivX or Xvid (old tech these days) but will play pretty much anything else fine.
 

marcaaron22

Active Member
What codec are the files compressed with?? My Panasonic refuses to play anything in DivX or Xvid (old tech these days) but will play pretty much anything else fine.
All I know is that the video files are in .AVI format
 

scarty16

Well-known Member
If you use a program like VLC or Media info it will tell you all about the file contents as well as the container type

1595928831092.png


1595928895882.png
 

marcaaron22

Active Member
Yes, you just need a cheapish media player, something like this (other makes/models available)

Says it’s from an address in Hong Kong, should I be wary about stuff that comes from Hong Kong?
Meaning, is it cheap, imitation stuff that is likey to fail?
 

scarty16

Well-known Member
Just a thought, is there some sort of box I can get where you can connect a usb device to (in my case, an external HDD) then connect the box to the TV and it’s the box that actually plays the media files, the TV just simply displays them?
Nvidia Shield TV The Daddy since 2015 and still going strong
 

Similar threads

The latest video from AVForums

Podcast: TCL C815 TV, Denon & Huawei wireless speaker reviews, New Sony 4K PJ's and more

Trending threads

Top Bottom